Helpful disciplinary tips for teachers that'll help
increase joy and effectiveness in the
You love God and children. You feel called to
teach and be enthu...
Essential strategies for postive,
proactive classroom management.
You love God and children. You feel called to
teach and be enthusiastic about the year ahead. But now yo...
9 ideas to make this your most
amazing fall for families, children, and your entire
Colorful leaves, football, hayrides, apple cider,
a return to school, and...
One toddler behavior that causes consternation in the nursery is
biting! First, there's trauma to the child who feels the instant
pain and indignation, then there's her ...
A Changed Heart is the Key to Better Discipline in
You have them. The kids who disrupt your class with their
antics. The kids who challenge you...
[Q]: We have a child in our ministry who uses foul
language. We're wondering if we should tell her she can't come to
church if she continues. Help!
[A]: No child should b...
[Q]: I think we should use a time-out chair at church.
Other teachers say, "Never!" What do you think?
[A]: Kids need consistency. So whatever you do, your
It seems respect for authority has dwindled, attention
spans have decreased significantly, and as a result volunteers are
weary. Is discpline a thing of the pa...
Children's Ministry Magazine talked with Dr. Kevin
Leman, author of "The Birth Order Book," about how birth order
impacts classrooms and what to do about it...
Devan is b...
Maximize your ministry to children at risk for social,
educational, and spiritual challenges...
Recently a friend took a small group of preschoolers and
The discipline tools you already have -- you just don't
know it yet...
You were gung-ho to instruct children in the things of God!
Chances are, though, after a few clas...
Whether you're a pushover, a
control freak, a scaredy-cat, or just plain clueless about
discipline -- you can become a better classroom
One recent Sunday I was...
You don't have to be a mental health professional to
help troubled children -- you only need a deep commitment to Jesus
and kids, and a whole lot of empathy...
What happens when we focus more on
character than on relationship with Jesus?
What's the goal of your children's ministry? Is it for Johnny to be
"good"? Or is it for Joh...
Q: How do I deal with a repeat offender in my classroom,
especially when it's clear the disruptive behavior is simply to
A: Children are wired to feel, th...
A humorous look at what to say and do when kids make it
clear your classroom is the last place they want to
Glassy-eyed, restless, squirming kids who'd really rat...
Children's ministers share their secrets to
Are you frustrated with trying to maintain control in your
classroom? We asked children's ministers to share their ...
How to love the kids you wish wouldn't show
Oh, Lord please don't let Tommy come today; I need a break.
Your prayer ends with heckling guilt. How could you think li...
A look into the heart of kids'
David was precocious and intelligent -- and he loved to test
authority. He could derail even the most collaborative, po...
"John, please sit down!" "Tasha, will you stop talking?" "Shhh!
Quiet!" "Jeremy! If you hit Pete again, you're out of here."
"Becca, come sit down by me." "Okay, who threw t...
You love kids--that's why you dedicate hours preparing for
lessons and teaching them about God's love. You're committed to
teaching...but you could do without the discipline...
Q: How do I deal with preteen boys who hit, shove, and
kick their friends -- even though they seem to be
A: First ask yourself, "Who's this behavior
"Wild kids are the ones who show up to your class with their own
agenda," says Eric Wesley, children's pastor at Mt. Hebron
Missionary Baptist Church in Garland, Texas. "The...
We spend tons of time and energy trying to get kids to behave.
Check the shelves in any Christian bookstore and you'll find
numerous books on controlling kids, for example M...
As I passed by a Sunday morning kindergarten classroom a few
weeks ago, I overheard a frustrated volunteer negotiating with a
5-year-old boy to join the rest of the class fo...
Recently, the editors of CHILDREN'S MINISTRY Magazine spied on
an actual classroom. After seeing several discipline problems, we
asked the experts what they would've done wi...
"Oh, what a wonderful picture, Alyssa!" the teacher exclaims as
he holds the scribbled drawing aloft. Alyssa beams. But he doesn't
even notice her next drawing. And Alys...
Expectations can be a touchy subject. Christian parents quietly
wonder whether their kids are learning anything of value in Sunday
school. Children's ministers wonder how pa...
Inevitably it happens. If you've volunteered in children's
ministry, you'll never forget the day you left class feeling as if
you had lost control of the situation and f...
Teach wide-eyed, jaw-dropping lessons
every time...and stop disruptions before they
That Sunday morning, I'd just had it! My Kids Church ministry had
Bully-proof your ministry by stopping
put-downs, power-mongers, and peace-breakers.
Erik was small for his age. He kept to himself.
He wore thick glasses. He came from a ...
Megan won't leave Suzie alone, so the teacher separates them.
Joey and Travis don't want Jason to play with them, so the teacher
makes them all play together. Sarah talks in...
Birth to 2 years
HOW CHILDREN REBEL
Babies know the world only by looking, grasping, and putting
things in their mouth. Care-givers may ...
Expert tips from Dr. Kevin Leman, author of The
Birth Order Book.
Devan is bossy and disruptive in Sunday school. Annie is quiet,
follows the rules, and wants to please ...
Why children swear and how to properly respond.
As children learn to communicate verbally, they pass through the
they imitate sounds;